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Was there ever any practice of writing youon digraphs as a single character (taking up the same amount of space as a monograph), and if not would that be a good idea?

e.g. ハロウィーン or ハロウイーン instead of ハロウィーン, where ウイ (ウィ) would be treated as a single character.

  • Someone might have done it for funny effect. Recently, technical difficulty of mixing hankaku kana has been solved for the most part, but I wouldn't recommend it in terms of readability. – user4092 Nov 1 '17 at 9:51
  • Although it is interesting, I think it is difficult to change the habit familiar to Japanese people. Why don't you think about the idea to express the singular form of "they/their/them/theirs" instead? – mackygoo Nov 1 '17 at 12:32
  • 「キョウモト」(京本)→「キョウモト」「キヨウモト」、「ショウコ」(翔子)→「ショウコ」「シヨウコ」、ってことですよね。。。既に全部半角の場合(eg「キョウ‌​モト」「ショウコ」とか。銀行振り込みとか‌​の。)はどうするんでしょう・・・ – Chocolate Nov 2 '17 at 7:19
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There is no such rule in the Japanese grammar and I don't think it would be a good idea. I think it just weird.

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    This has nothing to do with grammar. – l'électeur Nov 1 '17 at 15:46

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